ETHICS DECLINES TO APPOINT SPECIAL SUBCOMMITTEE TO LOOK INTO REP. GUTIÉRREZ CONTRACT MATTER
No further review recommended on issues related to lobbying, campaign activities and the Congressman's memoir. Single recommendation from OCE relates to whether approved contract was permissible under House rules.
Washington, DC – Today, as its rules require, the House Committee on Ethics released the Office of Congressional Ethics’ (OCE) extensive review of Congressman Luis V. Gutiérrez's contract with Doug Scofield. The release from the Ethics Committee is here: http://ethics.house.gov/press-releases.
The following is a statement from Douglas G. Rivlin, spokesman and Director of Communication for Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez:
“Today's announcement by the Committee reveals that it will not convene a special ethics panel. As the Committee reviews this matter, Congressman Gutiérrez and his office will continue to cooperate fully. As the Committee points out, its review does not indicate that any violation has occurred or reflect any judgment on behalf of the Committee.
“After its exhaustive review, the OCE made a single recommendation that the House Committee on Ethics assess whether the approved contract was permissible under ambiguous House rules.
“As part of its review, the OCE examined questions relating to lobbying, campaign activities and the Congressman's memoir. The OCE ultimately found no conduct on those issues that necessitated additional review by the House Committee on Ethics.
“The report reflects that Congressman Gutiérrez’s office submitted the entire contract for review by both the Committee on House Administration and the finance office of the House of Representatives before Mr. Scofield performed any work. The report also establishes that the Congressman’s office resubmitted the contract to the House at the beginning of each new Congress and that the contractual payments were disclosed in public, quarterly reports of disbursements for the House.
“The Congressman and his office cooperated fully with the inquiry of the OCE. The OCE requested ten years of records, files, notes and communications (including e-mails) between Doug Scofield and Congressman Gutiérrez and the Congressman’s staff. The Congressman and ten current or former staff members also voluntarily spoke with the OCE.”
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